Here’s how North Carolina stacks up nationally, according to the National Education Association’s 2014 rankings. Numbers are based on 2012-13 data unless otherwise noted and cover 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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46th in teacher pay ...
N.C. teachers averaged $45,737 a year, compared with a national average of $56,103. Only South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia and New Mexico ranked lower.
... and slipping
Estimated 2013-14 average teacher salary is $45,355, with New Mexico and West Virginia edging past North Carolina.
Dead last in 10-year trend
Pay dropped 15 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2003 to 2013. The national average dropped 3.2 percent and Indiana, at No. 50, dropped 12.3 percent.
48th in per-pupil revenue
North Carolina averaged $8,780 in per-pupil revenue from all sources, ahead of only Nevada, Utah and Oklahoma. The national average was $12,231.
42nd on local share
N.C. public schools got 28.6 percent of their revenue from local governments, compared with a national average of 43.4 percent.
Ninth on state share
N.C. public schools got 59.7 percent of their revenue from the state, compared with a national average of 46.2 percent.